RNS: A song on millets featuring Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been nominated for a Grammy award in the best global music performance category.
The song emphasizes the positive effects on one’s health as well as the initiatives taken by the government to market the wholesome breakfast food.
The United Nations General Assembly proclaimed this year to be the International Year of the Millets, and the song “Abundance in Millets” was written as a celebration of it. It was written by Falguni Shah, a singer-songwriter who was born in Mumbai, and her husband, Gaurav Shah, who is also a singer.
This track includes excerpts from a speech that was delivered by the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, at the opening ceremony of the Global Millets (Shree Anna) Conference, which took place in New Delhi in March of this year.
The ‘Abundance in Millets’ was released in June this year marking the celebration of the International Year of Millets-2023.
The request made by India to have the year 2023 be recognized as the “International Year of Millets” was accepted by the members of the governing bodies of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and at the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
In India, the most frequent forms of millets that are cultivated include pearl millet (Bajra), sorghum (Jowar), finger millet (Ragi), and small millets such as foxtail millet, barnyard millet, kodo millet, proso millet, and little millet. Buckwheat and Amaranthus are also considered to be pseudo millets.